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Secondary Composition for the Screen
This case explores the relatively opaque industry phenomenon of secondary composing. The case involves an unseasoned secondary composer’s contract and responsibilities writing music for a primetime television show.
Gamelan Dharma Swara
This study highlights key moments in the group’s early history and focuses on serious internal questions about its effort to respect the Balinese tradition while exploring new horizons with gamelan music.
The ROCmusic Collaborative
Explore how this free music academy removes barriers to high quality music education in Rochester, NY while operating within a governance structure consisting of cultural, educational, and governmental partners
Reaching the Online Market at Richmond Community Music Academy
This study examines the initial idea, development, and marketing of an online AP® Music Theory course, concluding with questions regarding the expansion of a community music division’s online initiative.
The Indigenous Advisory Council of the Regina Symphony Orchestra
Witness the development of an advisory council at the Regina Symphony Orchestra, specially established to build trust and meaningful engagement through music with a large Indigenous community in southern Saskatchewan.
Tonality: Unity through Diversity
Discover the history of the Los Angeles-based professional ensemble Tonality, a diverse group of singers committed to presenting issues of social justice through the choral art. Recommend a strategy for touring in light of the organization’s bold mission.
Bang on a Can: Investing in a Music Ecosystem
Bang on a Can is a premier contemporary classical music organization reflecting expansive musical tastes. Develop ways of broadening its audience with a multi-day, multi-location concert series.
The Nashville Symphony
Explore major challenges in the history of the Nashville Symphony and observe the trust built between administration and musicians through an open culture of communication.
Bridging Cultures with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Examine the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s involvement with Native American communities and propose steps for expanding community programming amid internal conversations on equity, diversity, and inclusion. In partnership with League of American Orchestras
Fifth House Ensemble and Agent Relationship
Immerse in the Chicago-based chamber music group’s culture of collaboration and education, while witnessing the pros and cons of artist booking agents.
Growing Families at the Amherst Early Music Festival
Peer into the operations of the largest presenter of early music workshops in North America, assisting with pressing questions about accommodating families.
Mount Royal Conservatory and the Bella Concert Hall
Survey the progression toward a major capital project at Mount Royal Conservatory.
Jazz St. Louis
Jazz St. Louis is the third-largest not-for-profit jazz institution of its kind in the United States. Suggest improvements to its programming and structure in light of its mission.
The Crossing at a Crossroads
Recommend marketing ideas for an organization committed to social justice issues in art.
Boulder Pops Orchestra and the Art of Negotiation
Experience first principles of negotiation in the context of a pops orchestra’s quest for a home base.
Changing the Culture and Redefining the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
This case study explores the DSO’s organizational changes over time, focusing on decision-making relative to financial planning and organizational planning, community relationships, and programming initiatives.
Bridging the Gap: Accountability at the San Francisco Symphony
Track the impact of a one-time bridge funding gift that turned around the San Francisco Symphony.
Stress, Science, Saliva, and a Symphony
Investigate the impact of scientific research on community outreach initiatives of Arizona’s only full-time professional orchestra. In partnership with League of American Orchestras
The International Beethoven Project
Observe innovative approaches to programming with the International Beethoven Project and develop strategies for dealing with negative press.
Chanticleer, Youth, and the Choral Art
Examine the scope of educational programming and analyze audience survey data from Chanticleer, one of the world’s premier choral ensembles.
Refugees and Cultural Humility at Buffalo String Works
Understand and apply basic concepts of cultural humility as it concerns Buffalo String Works, a music academy that serves refugee and immigrant families.
Luzerne Music Center: Creative Donor Engagement
Explore the effectiveness of fundraising initiatives for student scholarships and community interaction at Luzerne Music Center and brainstorm how this organization can effectively raise additional funds for a capital campaign without reducing yearly operating income.
Collaborative Governance at the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Explore how stakeholders at the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, with a history of musician-led governance, weigh decisions that involve balancing artistic and personnel decisions with budget sustainability and organization health.
Lara Downes: Artist, Activist
Lara Downes is an artist who aims to use her talent and experience for social good. Learn of her journey and propose ways to strengthen a promising partnership with a children’s rights advocate and expand the global reach of this program.
Kinnara Ensemble: A Project-Based Choir
Review the financials of Kinnara Ensemble, a project-based choir started by graduates of Westminster Choir College. Learn how they operate, the issues they face with hiring local and national talent, as well as their current concerns with stabilizing revenue.
CelloBello.com is an online educational resource, started by Paul Katz, for both amateur and professional cellists. Review partnerships, organizational changes, as well as basic audience analytics for the website, while exploring how to support the costs of expansion.
Succession Planning at Art of Élan
Understand the process of succession planning for the executive and artistic director of Art of Élan, a San Diego presenter of chamber music concerts.
Name Calling: The Rebranding of Artis—Naples
Witness the unexpected public response and management decisions faced by the rebranding of Artis—Naples, an interdisciplinary arts center in Southwest Florida.
Small Town, Big Prize: Building the Audience for the MostArts Festival
Develop a marketing plan to expand the audience of the MostArts festival, an annual piano competition in the small town of Alfred, New York.
Astral Artists: Preparing Tomorrow’s Musicians
Participate in effort to diversify its programming and reach new audiences in the case of Philadelphia-based Astral Artists, which mentors classical musicians early in their performing careers.
soundSCAPE: Competitive Advantage in Diversity
Propose diversity initiatives for soundSCAPE, an annual contemporary art music festival in Italy, which welcomes student composers and performers each summer into a collaborative artistic environment.
The Sphinx Organization and the Diversity Marketplace
Evaluate the success of an inaugural convention focused on growing and sustaining minority representation in the field of classical music.
Sustaining ImagineARTS at South Shore Conservatory
Readers will evaluate two funding scenarios that are being considered by the SSC leadership team to ensure the long-term prosperity and future growth of the program.
Composer Marc Mellits
Consider a territorial release for licensing the recorded works of a leading composer to France and French territories, where the music is doing exceptionally well.
The Artist-Staff Model of the International Contemporary Ensemble
The reader is asked to devise a set of recommendations for hiring new staff members, considering the challenges associated with employing artists and non-artists in administrative positions.
Musical Mentors and the Plight of Autonomy
Create an expansion plan that details the actions needed to establish a new university chapter of Musical Mentors and to examine the implications of its commitment to instructor autonomy.
Musical Chairs: Rostering Break of Reality
Examine the rostering personnel system developed by Break of Reality, a cross-genre chamber quartet.
After Monetization: The New Recording Landscape for Artists
Visit perspectives on the recording industry and musicians navigating the new landscape heavily impacted by digital service providers.
At the Core: Contract Negotiations at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Examine a contract dispute between the management and unionized players one of the largest orchestras in New England.
Building on Trust at the New World Symphony
Examine plans to fund and build the new state- of-the-art home of The New World Symphony in the midst of an economic recession.
Omaha Under the Radar: Localizing an Experimental Arts Festival
Examine how an experimental arts festival continues to focus on the local community in the face of increasing national interest and outside funding.
UMS Renegade: Building a Brand of Cutting-Edge Performances
Trace the inception and growth of University Musical Society’s Renegade, a program of performances at the University of Michigan, which features provocative artistic works.
Taking up Residence with Eight Blackbird
Profile contrasting artist residency agreements in Eighth Blackbird’s portfolio–one with a university and the other with a museum of contemporary art.
My House is Your House: Groupmuse’s Revival of Chamber Music
Explore the philosophy behind Groupmuse, who provide high-caliber chamber music concerts in intimate settings, and the rationale to expand the organization into additional markets.
Expanding Musical Explorers at Carnegie Hall
The Weill Music Institute (WMI) is the educational arm of Carnegie Hall. Examine the structure and growth of one program, Link Up, as well as preparation for growing another, Musical Explorers.
Culture Shock: The Merger of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
Follow the first and largest successful merger of a professional orchestra with an existing community music school in the United States from the genesis through early challenges.
Laying the Foundation at the San Francisco Girls Chorus
Follow the role of process surrounding foundation giving for San Francisco Girls Chorus, a performing arts organization and a school of music.
No Place Like Home: The Industry at a Crossroads
How does an arts organization that prides itself on eschewing traditional venues react when given the chance to settle in a space of its own?
Texas Music Educators Association: The Art of Legislating Arts Education
Learn about the role and strategies of advocacy for the arts in education while following the long journey toward passage of state level legislation in support of public arts education.
Pegasus Early Music and Younger Audiences
Pegasus Early Music is the only concert presenter of early music in western New York, but with a steadily aging audience. Students will evaluate current marketing initiatives to lure new audiences.